By Willow Grier
Prey comes to us as the first new offering in almost 10 years from Colorado-via-Illinois post hardcore/metal/rock outfit, Planes Mistaken For Stars. But in all honesty, did we really miss them? Prey is easily the most cohesive and listenable album of the band’s catalogue, but that being said, there are really only three tracks of note and the rest fall into a weird, too-similar flatness. “Til’ It Clicks,” “Clean Up Mean,” and “Pan In Flames” are those noteworthy tracks. “Black Rabbit” gets a partial note for being simple and stirring, though it’s short enough to sound like an intro off of Alexisonfire’s Crisis, with little more development.
The overall production favours a squished-together sound instead of letting the individual parts breathe. This does come together like a striking chorus of ghostly howls at times, but at other times mimics the decaying rabbit carcass of the cover art: bleeding together and blending into the landscape. This album will make you realize maybe you don’t like PMFS as much as nostalgia tells you to. But that being said, there are highlights and it still comes together as the most mature album the band has put out.Planes Mistaken For Stars, Prey